In Arizona, all new divorcing parents and unmarried parents with custody disputes regarding minor children must attend an educational program focused on their children’s needs.
These courses are designed to help parents learn the proper way to help children cope with the changes that are happening in their lives. One of the main driving factors behind these courses is the huge emotional and mental toll a divorce can on children.
Some of the ways divorce can negatively impact a child’s life are found here:
Poor academic performance
As children try to understand how the dynamics of their family are changing, they may become confused and distracted. The changes can impact their focus and academic performance.
Reduced interest in social activities
Divorce can also impact children socially. They may have a harder time relating to children their age and have fewer social contacts (friends). Many children even feel insecure and wonder if their family is the only one that is going through this challenging time.
Problems adapting to change
During a divorce, children will have to adapt to change frequently. This may include a new living situation, new school and more. All this can affect their sense of security and well-being.
Children will begin to feel many emotions during divorce. While each child is unique, some of these emotions include anger, anxiety, confusion, loss and more. This transition period can also leave children feeling emotionally sensitive and overwhelmed.
Helping your children through divorce
The required parenting education courses will give parents the tools needed to help guide their children through this difficult time and ensure their best interests are protected. During a divorce, there are other legal aspects you must deal with too, and knowing your legal rights and responsibilities is a must to get through this process.